A TOWN councillor has released a festive 'mockumentary' ahead of Christmas.

As previously reported, the idea of filming a mockumentary was proposed by Cllr Joseph Hughes in a bid to promote the town humorously, but also highlight businesses and charities in the town. 

A mockumentary or mock documentary is a genre of film and television, a parody presented as a documentary recording real life.

Cllr Hughes contacted Andover College about working on the project together with students. The college reportedly replied saying: "It would be a joy to work with Cllr Hughes and the town council."

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Cllr Hughes made the video at the recent Christmas light switch-on, using the opportunity to create a 'pilot' episode and see how it went.

He said: "It took quite a lot of time and effort, but it didn't cost anything, and I'm really happy with the end product.

"I understand it might not be everyone's sense of humour, but the whole point is to give a different spin on local politics and try to develop an interest in politics in different demographics.

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"Engaging with the community is important and this is an opportunity to do just that, by shining a negative spin on what is fundamentally a great town - it has so much our town has to offer.

"The whole thing is meant to be a bit tongue in cheek. It is satirical, and not designed to be taken seriously. It's made out of love for the town, but in a different way than you would normally see."

Cllr Hughes has released the video independent of the town council. 

The video can also be viewed on YouTube here.